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Finland, the land of saunas and a thousand lakes, has high standards of education, social security and healthcare. Finland scores high in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and was ranked as the happiest country in the world (UN report) both in 2018 and 2019.

Finnish nature is clean and serene. Finland is the land of the midnight sun. Finnish people are honest and they highly respect each other´s privacy. Though Finnish and Swedish are the official languages, one can easily get along in English in Finland.

Finland is one of the best places to spot the Northern Lights - they appear on more than 200 nights a year in Finnish Lapland. The thrill of witnessing the Aurora Borealis can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Far away in northern Finland, at the distant Arctic Circle, lives Santa Claus, a warm-hearted and greybearded old fellow, together with Mrs Claus, the elves and the reindeer. This place is called “Lappi” in Finnish, or Lapland in English, and it is closely related to the Finnish Christmas tradition.

Finnish design is world-famous; you might already be familiar with names such as Alvar Aalto, Iittala and Marimekko. Other famous brands originating from Finland include Angry Birds, Fazer and Polar. Finland is also the home of the startup and high-tech event Slush.

Read more: 
The Official Travel Guide of Finland — VisitFinland.com

This is Finland 

Before arriving in Finland – Need a Visa?

Students from non-EU/EEA countries may have to apply for a visa from the nearest Finnish consulate or embassy in good time before leaving for Finland. 

Students from the EU member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland do not need a visa to come to Finland. However, make sure you have a valid identity card or passport that covers your whole stay.

Further information about applying for a visa:
Finnish Immigration Service

Cost of Living

Living costs in Finland are close to Western European average. Average monthly living costs for students are estimated to be between 750 and 1200 euros, depending on the student's individual needs and habits.

• Food: Lunch approx. 2,60€/meal at the student cafeteria, BigMac meal 7€, pizza with soft drink 15€
• Bus tickets: A single ticket bought in the bus costs about 3 euros. Students can also acquire student priced travel cards, about 60 euros/month.
• Leisure and miscellaneous expenses: cinema ticket 13€, entrance fee to night clubs 5-10€

In order to have discounts in student restaurants, public transport, leisure activities, services, and in some shops, student must have a Finnish student card.